Toronto Hobby Show - A visit in November 2001

These photos are from the Toronto Hobby Show in 2001. This batch of photos were all taken by Phillip Edwards.

Note: this article originally appeared on the SCMEC website (now shut down)
and is reprinted with the kind permission of Phil Edwards, their former webmaster.

It’s Friday afternoon at the Hobby show. Here I am again in Toronto, exhibiting once again amongst my Canadian friends. This year there is a good showing of models on 25 tables or so. Here’s some pics of the models that I thought would be the most photogenic – and some detailed shots to prove that Meccano can be a very detail oriented hobby.

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Sets on Display from Kendrick Bissett.

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A nice 1912 set 6 from Lou Boselli.

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A very impressive Bucket wheel excavator from Ron Kurtz.

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Bucket wheel excavator #2.

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Bucket wheel excavator #3.

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And before the top went on this model …

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Bucket wheel undercarriage #2.

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From our Farmer-builder Gordon Frank, plus horse droppings and horse!

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Gordon Frank #2.

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A lovely red and green old timer backhoe from Normand St Aubin.

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Backhoe #2.

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Martha (significant other, at least from a Meccano standpoint, of Hubert Hogle) the robot visits again … I caught her somewhat trying to figure out where her legs were …

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Martha #2.

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We have a cage of Butterflies, from John Wapshott.

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Butterflies #2.

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Colin Hinz had a very well put together beam engine.

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Concorde flew in from New York, care of Lou Boselli.

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I am showing my Cromwell Tank and 3 Speed gearbox.

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A Russian Submarine from André Theberge.

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Submarine #2.

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Balloon power lives, in the form of ‘Spirit of Meccano’; from Colin Hinz.

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Lynn Krause had the most interesting novelty model, a wind powered wood following machine.

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Manfred Hammer has a number of models here this year, including these.

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Manfred Hammer cont.

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Ed Barclay is here with a number of models, including two London buses.

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Tom Thumb, from David Williams, editor of Canadian MeccaNotes.

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We have a Ferris wheel here, care of Don Redmond.

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Charlie Pack is demonstrating wind power, California style, and Kim is here as well!

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We have a Set 10 freighter on display, care of Lloyd Schneider.

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Greg Rahn shows some sets, and a car chassis.

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Lloyd also has brought a scale model of a threshing machine, driven from a truck mounted engine.

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There are photos of his childhood with the equipment he has modeled.

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We have a laid back tricyclist from Mike Stephens.

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During the three days of the show, we have video filming taking place, as Ernie Kestler is trying to put together a documentary in celebration of the Centenary of Meccano.

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